# very small lighting set-up?

#### zac850

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Hi,
At my school we have a room that doubles as a band room and as a place for small shows (usually student run fundraisers). The lighting system that we have in the room is almost dead, and has gotten to the point where it is unusable. I was wondering what companies have good, quality, yet still cheep equipment. I need a board (a 2 scene pre-set type thing would be fine, and I will only have 15 instruments in there at the most) and dimmers. I currently have an American DJ set, but I'd like to avoid them if at all possible.

The main instruments that will be used in the space are 12 500 watt fresnels, and possibly an occasional S4 par that I bring down from our main space (575 watt).

John

#### zac850

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Yes, I am making sure of that. I just want to be able to plug 2 lights into one outlet without blowing a fuse. I need the ability to plug 2 500 watt lights into one circuit, because otherwise I don't have enough circuits.

#### bdesmond

##### Active Member
I'd look at Leprecon stuff here. They have dimmer packs and boards which are a very common rental item and pretty reliable. They have 2400W and 3600W packs for sure. The 3600W one is going to require two circuits (or one 30A service). They have a selection of basic 2 scene (and full scale) type boards as well.

As far as fixtures, Altman fresnels would be a good thing to investigate. I would get some basic pars in there (not expensive ETC ones, but actual par cans. They're cheap and effective).

Finally, I would consider purchasing the dimmers and control board used from a rental house possibly. You'd have to look at the condition and price, but, this stuff is pretty standard small show rental gear and it holds up well.

You're also going to need:

DMX cable to daisy chain packs and board
Cable for fixtures - Leppy packs at least are Edison plugs. Get the fixtures and extensions to match the packs, plus adadpters to whatver is in your gym (both ways, edison to gym-plug and gym-plug to edison), stagepin, twistlock, etc.

How are you going to support the stuff? What you're looking at is something you can do with DJ style trees - they're usually rated for ten or fifteen pounds. Otherwise you'll need either a small crank up truss or pipe and base booms. In the event of the pipe and base booms, you'll need side arms and Tees as well. You can skip out on C clamps for the fixtures. Get more tees than you have sidearms so you're not dicking around pulling them off pipes nad putting htem on others.

Gels are a basic requirement. I'd figure out a rep plot and stick with it - basic color washes (warm, cool) and specials to match. Buy a bunch of the colors you use.

I'm not sure of the prices on the Leppy gear, but, I think this sort of setup is definetely workable with your budget, especially if you were to go used on some of the more expensive stuff.

#### zac850

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Most of that stuff we have covered. We have 3 pipes hanging from the ceiling of the room that all of this is in, and there are plugs in the ceiling that I plug the lights into. We already have the 12 fresnels (all edison). We also have a few pin to edison and edison to pin cables so I can bring a S4 down for a show, or bring the fresnels up to the gym to be used as specials or whatever I want them for (I used them as specials for the last show).

We also already have the cables and DMX stuff. And I have gels for the gym, and I'll just take some cuts from there for whatever i need for the fresnels.

However, I will look closer at Lepercon, and I'll also call up some rental places in the area and see what they can sell us, and what prices they can give.

Thanks
Zac